West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Social Studies — Grade 2

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participate in volunteer service projects and examine patriotism and the traits of compassion, empathy and trustworthiness that are found in effective citezens in the community, state and nation.


analyze examples of the fairness of rules and laws and evaluate thier consequences.


illustrate the levels of government (local, state and national) and actively discuss the characteristics of effective leadership.


create a product (eg., play, multimedia and poster) to demonstrate an understanding of diversity in American culture.


give example of symbols, icons and traditions of the United States, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and participate in national celebrations (eg., Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day and Flag Day).


investigate varoius occupations and career opportunities and how they have changed within the state and nation.


consider and categorize needs and wants in a graph, chart or table to evaluate consequences of one choice over another.


design a system that reflects the understanding of the exchange of goods and services (eg., trading cards and classroom store).


explain the role of banks in saving for future purchases and create graph reflecting savings over time.


utilize a legend,compass role and cardinal direction to identify locations (eg., Charleston, West Virginia, New York, District of Columbia, etc) and goegraphic features (eg., Great Lakes, Rocky Mountains, Mississippi River, etc) in the United States.


identify the continents and ocean on a map and globe.


summarize how climate, location and physical surroundings have caused changes in the community over time.


classify examples of natural resources and how people use them.


utilize appropraite global information systems including maps, globes and goegraphic technology to examine, gather data and analyze for a variety of real-world situations.


create timelines using documents and oral accounts to investigate ways communities and generation of families change.


identify cultural contributions and differences made by people from the various regions in the United States using literature, documents and oral accounts.


explore the impact historical figures have had upon our society.


identify state symbols, celebrations, holidays, famous West Virginians and the governor of the West Virginia state government.


locate and give examples of the natural resources and geographic features of West Virginia on a map.


locate county seats, the states's capital city, and bordering states on a map.


examine the cultural life of West Virginians through storytelling and various art forms (eg., songs, intruments, artworks, photographs, etc.)


compare and contrast past and present lifestyles of West Virginians.